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The Kia Sportage - well I'm on my second one, so that says it all really.
I owned one and loved it but for personal reasons sold it on and bought a saloon. Within a year I had replaced the saloon with another Sportage (I missed it so much). They are great.
So, on and off I've driven a Sportage for around 5 years now. It's robust enough to take a number of kids on the school run as well as half the hockey team (and all the kit) to our matches. It doesn't get treated very well but always comes back for more. It seems to like it rough! As to my driving, I think that is a bit rough as well, resulting in my second set of tyres within 18 months - that's my only real fault with the Sportage, but like I say it's really my driving rather than the tyres being at fault.
So, as well as everyday journeys the Sportage has also been camping - with back seats flat it took a huge amount of kit including a huge 12 person tent! It's also recently travelled to Portsmouth and across to France - the driver and all three passengers had plenty of room and were very comfortable for the entire trip - again it had a bootful of kit for the four of us.
I don't go off road a great deal but when I have, or when conditions have asked for it, I've slipped it into 4 wheel drive and always got a good response be it through muddy tracks or up snow bound hills!
As to fuel comsumption - around 265 miles to a tank - although strangely, in France, I got just over 300 miles out of a tank!! - and that with a roof rack with bikes as well!!
My latest one comes with air con, and this has been a huge bonus in the heatwave. Other features fitted as standard are: Electric Windows Alloy wheels Immobiliser Spare Wheel Cover Central (remote) locking
All in all I find for a 4 x 4 it's not to big to be comfy everyday drive, and it gives me that extra room and height that you don't get in a saloon/hatchback.
As to price - I've bought both of mine second hand from a garage and feel I've had very good value each time.
Your satisfaction in the car speaks volumes. Maureen
scampi1 15.08.2004 18:57
Good review without lapsing into techno speak too much. Martin
critical_writer 15.08.2004 17:44
I disagree with my Ciao! Colleagues. Though it's a good review, a VH seems inappropriate to me. There's so much you can write about a car, ranging from the seat material, through adjustability and traction upto measurements. Let me know when you revise, I'll be happy to up my rating. Cheers,